|Real Name||Ino Choyo|
|Height||172 cm (5'7½")|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lbs)|
|VR Played||«Sword Art Online»|
|Appears In||«Sword Art Online (Kenji)»|
Ino Choyo (井野チョイ), known by the username Ryne (リーン), was one of the original beta testers for «Sword Art Online», and subsequently became one of the 10,000 trapped within the gane. She was a founding member of a Clearer guild called «Brightscale». In the real world Ino studied business prior to the SAO Incident; something that greatly influenced her time in Sword Art Online, specifically the accumulation of money for herself and her fellow guild members. She confidently held the post of Treasurer.
Ino is a tall and curvaceous young woman in her mid-twenties with an hourglass figure and light blue-coloured eyes. She sports meticulously styled blond-coloured hair, which is jaw-length. Kenji has claimed that she walks and acts like a glamour model and that he wouldn't be surprised if this had been her job in the real world. Ino has often been described by quite a few people, including Kenji, Yoshiro and Fujimaru, as being very beautiful.
Yoshiro and Kusaka were the first combative members of «Brightscale» to adopt casual attire. Momoko created a casual uniform rather than a strict battle uniform, allowing for the members of «Brightscale» to exhibit their own unique appearance when questing. The uniform she settled on was distinctly Eastern in design and consisted of a black-coloured kimono, white shitagi, black hakama, white ōbi, white tabi, waraji, and a simple armband with the «Brightscale» insignia emblazoned on its surface. In addition, Ino's uniform is slightly modified, with a scarf worn around her neck and tied with a knot. These uniforms were in use by the members of «Brightscale» by the 22nd of December 2022.
Ino's earliest equipment was similar to that of Kenji and Airi, in that she favoured lightweight leather or cloth armour with an emphasis on mobility, rather than protection. Up to and following her joining of «Brightscale» Ino never wore a helmet nor a hat. This gelled well with her early build which was that of draw-in attacks with «Throwing Picks» before dispatching her target in close-quarters with «Martial Arts».
Ino's first unique set of armour consisted of five single-slot pieces of gear that comprised her upper-body, arm, waist, leg and foot slots, which was collectively identified by the system as the «Felines Hiss». Whilst it isn't known exactly when she obtained this particular suit, rare drops from «Nephila Regina» were used in its creation, which Ino had been farming since December 18th 2022 at the very least. The entire suit was in her possession and worn by her by the time «Brightscale» explored the «Dead Woods Mausoleum». The «Felines Hiss» was skintight and showed off every one of Ino's ample curves, was pitch black in colouration, and sported tufts of fur along the shoulders, wrists and ankles. It was neither cloth nor leather and was instead created using «Queen Spider Silk», and was stated by Kusaka to have greater tensile strength than kevlar, which lent it a surprising degree of protectiveness and a slew of resistances. Due to its revealing nature, however, Ino often donned a knee-length cloak that closed at the neck and waist by way of a metallic clasp.
|“||I knew I'd find something interesting in here! Girlfriend, eh? Good work, stud!||„|
|~ Excerpt from Kenji's journal, were Ino has written an amendment teasing Kenji about Airi.|
Ino was patient, in possession of a great attention span, and was experienced at handling children. The twins Momoko and Akiye opened up to her following their trust-breaking meeting with Loki and subsequently introduced her to Kenji sometime between the 8th and 13th of December 2022. In was the recommendation of the twins, coupled with her introduction to Kenji, that led Ino to join the pre-«Brightscale» group. Prior to this Ino had been a successful solo player. In the time before joining up with «Brightscale» however she was close with Fujimaru Nakamura, the two having partied together on at least two occasions, and encouraged him to be more assertive in his opinions. When Fujimaru joined «Brightscale» Ino would often join his party, claiming that it was just like old times.
Her most defining trait, however, was her tremendous business sense. Fujimaru described Momoko and Akiye's business plan as a stroke of genius, unaware that it had been Ino's idea from the outset. Ino was the Treasurer of «Brightscale» and spearheaded several ventures on the lower Floors designed to drum-up a customer-base for the twins and bring in money for her guild-mates, whilst offering services for the tourists who wished to experience the sights of Aincrad but did not possess the means or courage to venture out of the safe-zones themselves without an escort. Her primary concern was making money but despite her priorities she was described as a nice person by Fujimaru, who worked closely with her on several occasions before they both joined «Brightscale». She contributed towards the insignia of «Brightscale», which was based on the Kitemark of the British Standards Institute, with Kenji noting this as a sign of her dedication to quality of service. Her desire to make money is so well-known that when she does occasionally claim not to be interested in money, her teammates are often left speechless by her admission.
Her business know-how aside, Ino can be somewhat of a tease and is more than capable of manoeuvring others into doing things she wants them to. After joining «Brightscale», she quickly befriended Airi Natsume and liked poking fun over her relationship with Kenji. Ino and Airi quickly established a rapport based on them being the only girls in the guild at the time of Ino's joining who weren't children. Even as they grew close Ino continued to poke fun at Airi and Kenji and even took things to the degree of posting amendments to Kenji's private journals whenever he mentioned his relationship with Airi. In terms of manipulating others, Ino frequently uses her various charms to coerce her teammates into her various moneymaking schemes. The most frequent guild member to fall prey to this ploy is Sojiro and this boils down to the fact he has a noticeable crush on Ino, of which she is wholly aware. That said, she can take her teasing too far sometimes, which was one of the reasons Fujimaru opted not to confide in her.
Ino has been described numerous times as a beautiful young woman, most notably by Kenji, Fujimaru, and Yoshiro. This, unfortunately, has caused some trouble for Ino however. Sword Art Online was a game with a rather one-sided gender demographic -- there were far more male players than there were female. A few small number of male players showed an unhealthy interest in Ino's physical appearance; before joining up with «Brightscale» she actively avoided crowds to avoid being hassled by male players, and when she did venture into public areas she tended to leave quickly. Unlike Airi, who maintained a degree of fashion even if what she wore wasn't the best defensively, Ino was far more practical. One of her earlier outfits was quite revealing and attracted a great deal of negative attention. Kusaka actually went orange on one occasion after a physical altercation with two male players who had been hassling Ino.
Ino tends to give pet names to her close friends. The known nicknames she has developed for people are:
Like Kenji and Kusaka, Ino was a beta tester for «Sword Art Online». She never talked about her experiences in the beta and actually swore Fujimaru to secrecy regarding her beta tester background.
- Main article -- Sword Art Online (Kenji).
- SAOK: Inbetweeners I (mentioned)
- SAOK: Inbetweeners II (background)
- SAOK: Inbetweeners III (mentioned)
- SAOK: Inbetweeners IV
|Level||12.[Notes 1]||Sometime before December 19th, 2022.|
|Level||13.||As of December 18th 2022.|
|Level||25.||As of January 27th 2023.|
|«Throwing Pick»||Thrown-type Weapon||Already in Ino's possession before partying up with Kenji.||Can produce a «Continuous Piercing» damage-over-time (DoT) effect should the «Throwing Pick» not be removed.|
|«Chakram»||Thrown-type Weapon||Already in Ino's possession before partying up with Kenji.||Requires «Throwing Blade» and «Martial Arts» to equip.|
|«Cloth Armour»||Cloth armour||Already in Ino's possession before partying up with Kenji.||Included upper-body, legs, feet and arms.|
|«Felines Hiss»||Cloth armour||Player-made by Momoko using materials from «Nephila Regina», and forged sometime between the 18th and 30th of December 2022.||Included upper-body, arms, waist, legs and feet.|
Increased «Slashing» resistance.
Increased «Piercing» resistance.
Increased «Poison» resistance.
|«Unnamed Agility earring»||Earring||Received December 19th 2022, as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.||Grants +1 to Agility.|
|«Vendor's Carpet»||Mercantile mat||Received as loot requiring «Appraisal» from the «Dead Woods Mausoleum».||Began as a «Threadbare Cloth» prior to «Appraisal».|
Ino's primary role is not combative in nature but rather linked to her real life business sense and moneymaking schemes, whilst her secondary role is ranged DPS and crowd-control. She is comfortable both as a solo player and in a group with other players and has enough knowledge to know when to attack and when to hold back.
Her initial Skill Slot, «Throwing Blade», deals little in terms of actual damage, but allows her to distract targets or cause a piercing DoT effect to her targets with casual ease and frequent success. Ino's second Skill Slot, «Martial Arts», was her primary means of damage during her time as a solo player prior to joining «Brightscale», but became secondary following her acquisition of a «Chakram» on the 2nd Floor. The «Chakram» completely changed the frequency of Ino's damage. The increased attack, coupled with the ease of striking a targets weak point, resulted in a high number of critical hits. Despite the increased damage she still lagged slightly behind Kenji's Strength-focused build even when the latter was forced to rely almost exclusively on «Martial Arts» himself on account of his sword breaking in battle.
Battle-skills aside Ino is a businesswoman. Her third Skill Slot, «Purchase Negotiation», allows her to buy materials at a price slightly below the standard set and maintained by the system, whilst her fourth Skill Slot, «Sales Negotiation», allows her to sell at a higher rate to NPC vendors. These Skills allowed Ino to stockpile materials for Momoko and Airi early-on and also profit off of generic loot more easily than other players in the early game. Her fifth Skill slot, «Extended Weight Limit», increased the amount of loot she could carry and, in her own words, more loot meant more profit. In addition to her actual in-game Skill layout Ino had a finger on the pulse of Aincrad's market and was constantly alert for new marketing opportunities and cor-making schemes which, according to Kenji, paid off mere days after she joined the guild. This included the acquisition of and stockpiling of seemingly random pieces of loot.
Sword Art Online
|SAO SKILL SLOTS|
|Throwing Blade||Martial Arts||Purchase Negotiation||Sales Negotiation||Extended Weight Limit|
- «Single Shot» -- a basic one-hit throwing skill. When used with a «Chakram», or similar weapon, the damage was significantly buffed.
- «Impact Shot» -- a basic one-hit throwing skill that produces a 3-second stun effect with high-probability.
- «Flash Blow» -- the fastest «Martial Arts» skill which consists of a basic thrust with the user's hand.
- «Purchase Negotiation» -- allows Ino to buy items from NPC vendors at a slightly reduced rate.
- «Sales Negotiation» -- allows Ino to sell items to NPC vendors with a slight markup.
Outside System Skills
Appearances in other media
Ino has appeared in a number of specials and one-shot chapters, usually as a confused spectator. Whilst considered canon to the rest of Sword Art Online (Kenji), these chapters are designed to be light-hearted and not overly serious, with content that can rightly be called ridiculous.
The specials in question are:
- The Tortilla Crusade! -- one-shot celebrating "National Tortilla Chip Day".
Behind the scenes
- Ino's height and weight measurements, including physical appearance, is modelled on Rangiku Matsumoto from Bleach.
- Ino, like Fujimaru, had more appearances in the side-story chapters of Part I than the main chapters. Her first actual appearance was a reference point in the SAOK Timeline, followed by a background appearance in SAOK: Inbetweeners I.
References & notes
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 SAOK: Inbetweeners IV
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 SAOK: Inbetweeners II
- ↑ SAOK: Inbetweeners III
- ↑ Guild uniform
- ↑ SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Brightscale Roles
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 SAOK: Braving the Depths
- ↑ Felines Hiss appearance
- ↑ Felines Hiss materials
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Felines Hiss attributes
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 SAOK Timeline
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Intermission: A Matter of Skills and Proficiency
- ↑ SAOK: Inbetweeners I
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Ino's business ventures
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Brightscale Journal/Ino
- ↑ Brightscale Journal/Kenji
- ↑ SAOK: New Year Resolutions
- ↑ Intermission: Matters of Trust
- ↑ Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 1
- ↑ SAOK: Unexpected Meetings
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 SAOK: Roving Rovia
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Progressive Volume 2, Concerto of Black and White, Part 2
- ↑ Volume 8, A Murder Case in the Area, Part 4
- ↑ Brightscale Teams
- ↑ Ino had four skills slotted when she joined up with Kenji prior to the official creation of «Brightscale», which would require a level of at least 12.